Honor Note 8

Honor Note 8

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Mario, 10 Mar 2021Hi sorry how did you manage to update it? I try to update b... moreSorry for the late reply. I didn't end up staying on B539 (which I updated with the standard update app, I have the EDI-AL10, chinese model).

Downgrading back to B538 was really tricky. You need to use the app called "Firmware finder for Huawei". There is an android and pc version. Use the android version, and select the firmware you want (you need a router where you can change the dns settings for this to work), then reboot the phone into emergency recovery mode.

The reason I went back to B538 is because that's the last rom that has a good rooted rom out. I use root and xposed. If I didn't I'd just use B539 (latest).

You can probably update to B539 with the Firmware finder app. The app used to be available on Play store but isn't now, weird. Download it from another place.

  • Mario

alcatraz, 28 Oct 2020I still use it. :D It just got an update after 4 years, ... moreHi sorry how did you manage to update it? I try to update but I didn't find a safe method tu do it. Thanks

  • Big D

Amazing phone after 4 years, decent battery, great screen, the sound is not amazing but still a great phone.

  • Zaheer

Still using this after 4.5 years, one of the best phones ever used, this was way ahead of its time. ❤️

  • Ted

Great phone. Diffucult to find a phone with 178x90 display size this days.

I still use it. :D

It just got an update after 4 years, B539 with android security patches for Sep 2020.

Battery and smoothness has never been better. Screen is still going strong after 4y with no noticeable burn in.

This phone was ahead of its time.

alca, 09 Dec 2019To tweak system settings screen/cpu To adblock on a phone ... moreThanks - So the reason to root it is the well-known common reasons. I asked cause I might wandered if it was a special "must do" for this phone

  • alca

Mauritiusbleu, 23 Feb 2019I owned the mi max 2 before moving to the note 8. Without m... moreTry "Pie Control" from the play store.
It even gives me more screen space than phones with soft keys like the mimax because it replaces both navigation bar AND the status bar. At least for me.

I get time, date and battery level on the pie controls. Enough most of the time.

  • alca

THB, 03 Nov 2019Why should you root/flash it?To tweak system settings screen/cpu
To adblock on a phone level, not just browser level
To circumvent android restrictions and enable features otherwise impossible
To avoid having to buy apps to get them ad free
To be able to copy apk files from their install locations

The list used to be longer, admittedly. But it's still long enough to do it. I managed to root my phone after a lot of hassle.

I really like the phone. It's my first huawei and after being on lg/xiaomi I gotta say huawei is a step up. The kirin 955 cpu was ahead of its time and still today competes with current cpu's in speed and power consumption. I used to be a snapdragon fan but now I'm a convert. If I upgrade it'd probably be to a Mate20x but I don't like the bootloader unlock hassle, and waterdrop selfie camera, or the lower screen resolution. The note8 is kind of great at all those points. The battery on B538 doesn't even bother me much.

alca, 16 Apr 2019Cons (coming from Mi Max 1 3/32) Yellowish tint on screen,... moreWhy should you root/flash it?

  • Anonymous

It can be known as of huawei mate 9 X.

  • Ioannis

Also it supports fastcharge 18w not 10w, 9vX2a!

  • Doombaby

Honor Note 8 owner, 25 Aug 2018It's upgradeable to Android 8, I got the upgrade beginning ... moreI have the honor note 8 in 128gb gold, they do exist :-)

  • alca

On the latest firmware B538 I'm getting 8,5-9h screen on time. Very nice!

  • alca

Cons (coming from Mi Max 1 3/32)
Yellowish tint on screen, can be somewhat fixed
Rather small battery 7h sot for me (no gaming)
Only a tiny bit larger screen for a bump in physical size
Software is a bit tricky to root/flash and get google to work
No soft keys

I'm an LCD man. Never expected to be attracted to amoled because I want sharpness, lifespan, brightness, battery life over contrast. I gotta say though that this 6.6" screen although being a bit unefficient with power looks great and I have enjoyed the contrast very much. The bump in resolution wasn't noticeable at first but now very much so. (I like 1080p lcd very much because it's sharp, no pentile) This 1440 pentile amoled is sharp enough. Slightly sharper than the 1080p on Mimax. At first I was annoyed by the odd rgb "glimmer" but now I don't care anymore.

Usb-c port feels nice and stable for charging. No more crappy connections anymore.

Charging is more or less the same speed always. On mimax sometimes its slow sometimes fast (with qc3 charger).

Cpu is very very nice with over 1700 on geekbench single and over 5000 on geekbench multi. For a 2-3y old phone still beating mimax1/2/3 it's quite the proof that kirin kicks ass. It's also rather power efficient.

Better memory management in Emui. Fewer closed apps.

No bending in the chassi like the Mimax1

Best pro reason to get the phone though is the record large screen 6.6inch 16:9 aspect ratio optimal for media consumption. No larger phone less than 3y old is available in 16:9.


  • Ash123

huehueheuheuhe, 29 Nov 2018the price tho. it's far far far far higher Even today?.
Is the honor note 8 still recomendable on 2019 for someone wants a phone for 2 years?.

I don't see much price difference between the honor note 8 and the mi max 3. The fact that the screen is AMOLED make it a big alternative. The 8x max turn out to have bad cameras and the mi max 3 seems good enough but doesn't have an amazing display and audio quality from the headphone jack.

alca, 09 Feb 2019Hi! I'd like to get this phone but I wonder if 6.6inch is t... moreI owned the mi max 2 before moving to the note 8. Without measuring the screen I can say it's not only bigger but way more vibrant and beautiful.

The super AMOLED screen on the honor note 8 is far superior to the mi max 2, the speaker is louder and richer and the overall build quality is superior. The atennas in the phone are far better. It's a better phone in every department.

I now own the honor note 10 and its better than the note 8 in every department even though it has a lower resolution screen. I also prefer the old aspect ratio but you get used to it on the note 10. The screen still feels big but it's easier to handle.

Plus with the gesture feature on the note 10 you have no on-screen buttons if you wish to get rid of them which gives you full screen usage all the time. No buttons in the way or navigation ball.

I still use my note 8 everyday and love it and love the note 10

Ash123, 07 Feb 2019Is still a good buy?. I'm tired of seeing more and more 19.... moreHello it's still good to buy if you can get it cheap. I have both the note 8 and the note 10. Both are about the same price brand new. The CPU speeds are very close but the note 10 has a better GPU and CPU, better speakers and a brighter screen with better contrast.

Overall the note 10 is a better phone but I still use my note 8 for browsing the web watching Netflix and YouTube as I prefer the larger aspect ratio and its fast performance.

For gaming it has to be the note 10 as the GPU in the note 8 is rather weak but all games are playable but demanding games work better on low settings. I still use my note 8 everyday and I love it

If u have any specific questions fell free to ask and I will answer ASAP

  • alca

Hi! I'd like to get this phone but I wonder if 6.6inch is true or not, with or without black border bla bla. Can someone please help me measure the real diagonal in mm from corner to corner pixel. My xiaomi max 6.44inch is exactly 163mm ~ 6.417inch diagonally.